It is Party Time! Today is the day of Centsational Girl‘s Ornament party and of course I am joining in. I love ornaments, Christmas balls, tree toppers, all of it and I love to share my favorites with you. So let the show off begin.
We have a tradition that each year during our summer vacation we try to find at least one ornament for our tree. Of course Christmas decorations aren’t always easy to find in summer so we have to be creative to find something.
It all started with a gold moon. We found it on the first weekend trip we made together. We went to Germany and I think I spotted this gold moon in a fair trade shop. It wasn’t anywhere near Christmas but I just loved that little moon so much I bought it and that first Christmas we spend together the little moon was our tree topper.
If you have read my blog for some time, you will know that one of my sisters has moved to New-Zealand. I miss her so much, especially around Christmas time. We visited her in 2007 and what else could we bring from there but a kiwi (did you know there are three official kiwi’s: the bird, the fruit and the New-Zealanders themselves). This little bird is a reminder of one of the most beautiful vacations I ever had, and of course makes me feel closer to my sister.
One of our first big trips was a vacation to China. It had been a dream of My Love for a long time to visit China but somehow he had never managed to get himself there. Well I fixed that. This little ball is very fine metal work. While on our trip we made a lot of mandatory trips to factories that always had a shop too. In this factory they made elaborate vases and decorations. That little ball was probably the smallest thing they had, so it was just perfect for us. I am sure I don’t need to tell you the little fish is from China as well. You can buy them there at just about every street corner. They are supposed to bring you good luck. Well we are very lucky people who have everything and more than we could possibly need. So I guess the fish is working.
The year we went to the Pacific Northwest, we visited America and Canada. There were lots of mouse and bear ornaments to be found, but I didn’t really like them. When I saw this ‘globe’ thingy I knew it was perfect. Because we saw three of these needle like buildings. Of course the Seattle Needle, but Vancouver and Calgary had one too.
When we visited the South of Europe a couple of years ago we traveled to several countries. That vacation we spent a day in Venice. And of course I couldn’t leave without some authentic Venetian glass. I always try to make sure that there is little Christmas light behind this little angel when I hang it in the tree, because it just looks so beautiful all lit up.
This year we spent our summer holiday in the south of France. It was the first time I couldn’t find an ornament (or I would have had to hang a little sack of lavender in my tree). So instead I decided to make one myself. I used vintage music paper, an old French Christmas card and some ribbon I found at a French flea market. This way we still have a nice memory of a lovely vacation in the Provence.
Speaking of home-made ornaments. I showed you these already last year:
And since I did add a few homemade or home-foofified ornaments in here I am linkin this up to Get Your Craft On too.